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Bob Dylan: The Recording Sessions, 1960-1994
Clinton Heylin has devoted his career to Bob Dylan's work and presents here a comprehensive study of all of Dylan's recording sessions.
Paperback, 264 pages
Published March 15th 1997 by St. Martin's Griffin
(first published 1995)
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If, like me, you want to know as much as you can about Dylan's recordings, you have to get a copy of this. But that means reading endless badly-written diatribes against Dylan and whomever else Heylin dislikes. Apparently, it's okay for Heylin to prefer the original "Blood on the Tracks" recordings, but for Greil Marcus to prefer the acoustic "Blind Willie McTell" is, to quote Heylin, "wrong."
This book might indeed go a bit too far for the casual reader, but why would any casual reader pick up a book like this? For anyone prepared to dive face first into the undertow of Dylan's recording catalogue, Clinton Heylin's book delivers plenty of interesting information. By not belaboring the obvious, like many other compendiums do, the book remains compact and readable. The fact that Clinton Heylin seems to be prepared to start a feud every other page seems only natural to me for someone wi ...more
This should probably be a 3 1/2 star book and most likely recommended for Dylan fans only, as opposed to those with a more casual interest. Heylin provides a rare glimpse of Dylan in the studio, and a simple, but critically sound and direct analysis of what he recorded and released on each of his albums up to 1994.